The University will advertise research studentships between January and March each year and at other times as appropriate. The advertisements will appear in suitable local and national media including the internet and will include details of awards, contact names and addresses and a closing date.
Studentships will also be advertised on the University website at:
Applications can be made online on www.ulster.ac.uk/applyonline. Forms must be completed in full, including information on existing qualifications and transcripts, funding details or requirements, evidence of English language proficiency (where appropriate) and names and addresses of referees. It is advised that applicants discuss their research proposals with suitable members of academic staff prior to returning their application forms.
Forms will be forwarded to faculties for consideration. Applicants should note that the application process for full-time entry is very competitive, on average there is an 8:1 success rate which varies according to discipline. Applications for full-time study are judged on the following criteria:
If the faculty wishes to admit the applicant, the Board of the Faculty will be asked to approve the decision and the Research Office will provide a letter of offer.
International students will then be able to apply for the appropiate visa for entry into the UK, including, if necessary, their Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) Certificate. For more information on ATAS please click here.
Upon enrolment, all research students will receive a Research Studies Handbook detailing the issues likely to be of concern as they progress through their research studies. In the meantime, potential applicants are requested to refer to the Regulations contained in the Research Studies Handbook.
Students with Special Needs
The University of Ulster welcomes applications from persons with physical disabilities.
It is University policy to assess applications from disabled persons using the academic criteria which apply to all candidates. In addition, the following matters are taken into consideration:
a) the nature of the disability and its likely effect on the applicant’s level of attainment in entrance qualifications and level of preparation for entry to the course;
b) the nature of the disability and its likely consequences for the candidate’s ability to undertake the course; and
c) the University’s ability to provide for the candidate’s special needs in relation to the particular disability and course of study.
As the University is committed to providing a suitable learning environment for all students, potential candidates are encouraged to visit the University to meet staff from Student Affairs and the appropriate faculties before submitting an application.
Registration for full-time funded study is expected to take place at the beginning of the academic year, during the second week of September. Students in receipt of funding to undertake full-time study must be available to register at this time. Part-time and self-funded students may find that an alternative date is more suitable and the University has made provision to accommodate new enrolments throughout the year.
Applicants for any source of funding and/or admission to a research programme should note that all decisions relating to your application will be made by a central University committee and conveyed formally to you in writing and by post by the Research Office. The University will not be held responsible for any decision on your application provided to you by any staff member other than those in the Research Office with formal responsibility for the process. Research Office Staff members and contact details are available at the link below.